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Asynchronous Syntropy, May 9th -10th 2012 Colored Sand 20' X30' © Joe Mangrum
Swept Away
Curated by: David McFadden

2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
February 7th, 2012 - August 5th, 2012
Opening: May 9th, 2012 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.madmuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
upper west side
EMAIL:  
info@madmuseum.org
PHONE:  
212.299.7777
OPEN HOURS:  
11:00am-6pm, Mondays closed, Thursdays 11:00-9:00pm

DESCRIPTION

MAD has explored the intersection of traditional or unusual materials and techniques as viewed through the lens of contemporary art and design in a series of exhibitions that include Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting; Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary; Slash: Paper Under the Knife; Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art; and Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.

The next investigation into unusual mediums features an international group of artists whose major materials are dust, ashes, dirt, and sand. Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design will highlight works that deal with issues such as the ephemeral nature of art and life, the quality and content of memory, issues of loss and disintegration, and the detritus of human existence. Sculptures made from ash by Chinese artist Zhang Huan, life-size sculptures of unfired dirt by American artist James Croak, and works created from city smog by American artist Kim Abeles, among others, illustrate the transformative potential of humble, overlooked, and discarded materials.